PARIS—The 2009 edition of the Art Paris fair, now in its eleventh year, was held at the Grand Palais on March 18–23. According to the organizers, the fair was visited by a total of 43,000 people, an increase of 8 percent from last year. The ensemble of 115 galleries participating in the fair came from 14 countries, with 32 galleries showing for the first time.
Director Caroline Clough-Lacoste described the fair as “dynamic,” and said that “up to the last minutes, there were sales being made at the booths.” Results were especially strong for the work of several young French artists, for works on paper, and for photography.
Before the weekend, Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, had sold out its show of moody representational oils by young French painter Ronan Barrot, at prices ranging from €1,500 ($2,025) for small paintings to €26,000 ($35,100) for larger ones (about 80 by 100 inches).
Works on paper also brought great success at the fair. Claudine Papillon, Paris, received a great deal of attention for drawings by Berlin-based French artist Frédérique Loutz. Galerie Metropolis, Paris, reported the sales of a number of works on paper by Fabien Verschaere.
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg and Saint-Étienne, France, sold four acrylic paintings by Claude Viallat for prices in the range of €6,000/17,000 ($8,100/23,000), as well as a large ink-on-plastic paintings by Claude Caillol for €4,500 ($6,075). Galerie Lelong, Paris and New York, sold a large painting by Jan Voss for €35,000 ($47,250).
Galerie Daniel Templon reported success with works by Jean-Michel Alberola, Jim Dine and Gérard Garouste, and dealer François Ditesheim, Neuchatel, Switzerland, reported selling a painting by Zoran Music.
This year, for the first time, the Art Paris fair devoted a section to galleries specializing in photography. These met with a great deal of success as well. Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, made more than a dozen sales, including that of Natalia, 2003, by fashion photographer Paolo Roversi for €16,800 ($22,700).
Galerie Claire Gastaud, Clermont-Ferrand, France, sold several works for prices in the range of €7,000/16,000 ($9,450/21,600), including an important work by French photographer Georges Rousse and Le Nid, 1978, by Nils-Udo.